I think of Fast & Loose as the Thanksgiving moment of Accidental’s theatre year: An annual gathering time. Moments of high-stress and hilarity shared among (very suddenly formed!) families. A ton of preparation for a single meal. Lots of upheaval and novelty (who the fcuk will show up this year? what the fcuk will they be doing?) supported by a rock-solid structure and a good helping of tradition. Tiffs and bickering on the avenue to something delectable.Read More
Next week sees the return of Fast & Loose, Accidental's transatlantically adopted 24 hour plays project. This will be the second year we're bringing it to the Lyric and the 7th year that Fast & Loose has been produced in Belfast. It originated with Sacred Fools Theater Company based in Los Angeles and Emily had it packed in her suitcase when she landed in the UK.
This month we're launching our brand new website, with it we're trying to bring together the different projects and strands of our work through a clean and simple design.
Please explore the site and let us know what you think of it, feel free to suggest improvements or report concerns, or simply tell us what you like about it. The site should give you a feel for what Accidental has gotten up to and even better, give you an idea for where the company is heading.Read More
Aloha, saintfully patient scriptwriters who responded to Accidental's 2013 open call for submissions.
We didn't know what to expect when we sat down with almost 180 new plays from around the world to chew on ... Deadly hourglasses, evil electric ducks, a Belfast drag queen, a mystery in the loneliest town on the rail line, a mixed-race white supremacist, rhyming pirates, a love story about a fish, hunting for cyborgs, stolen flowers, a halal butcher, incest in a military family, a wandering statue of Saint Brendan, and a treatise on the perils of surrealism in a 1950s high school - to name only a sliver of the stories we saw.Read More
Last month, I was invited to speak at a “Meet the Industry” event for performing arts students at Southeastern Regional College. I thought this was hilarious for a couple of reasons:
- I’m really just a prose writer who’s been masquerading as a lit-manager/dramaturg for the past three years (don’t tell Richard)
- “Industry” seems to imply “mechanical precision”, “conveyor-belt manufacturing processes” and “money” – things neither I nor this industry have a lot of.